Following an exciting weekend of play-off action at iceSheffield and a first ever trophy for Widnes Wild, we asked player coach Ollie Barron for his thoughts…
“What a weekend! To win the playoffs was a great feeling. We had come close to success this season finishing second in the league and narrowly losing in overtime in the promotion game and we wanted something to show for our hard work this season, so to end the season as playoff champions is superb.”
“We knew the semi-final game against the Aces would be tight as every time we have played Altrincham this season the games have been close hard fought games. The game itself wasn’t great and the ice surface issues didn’t help, however, to win the game 2-0 was a perfect set up for the final.”
“The final was a good game. I felt we dominated most of the first two periods and should have converted more of our chances. But credit to the Senators as they worked hard and got a goal back. Luckily, we managed to hold out to finally win some silverware for the club.”
“I’m delighted for everyone associated with the Wild, all the staff, players, coaches, volunteers and the fans. Widnes is a great club and I’m personally thankful to have had the opportunity to coach and lead the Wild this season.”
While the NIHL North Laidler Conference season may now be over, there is still competitive ice hockey to be seen at Silver Blades Widnes over the summer months as the Widnes Wildcats recreational team will be taking part in the Summer Cup while the Riverside Raiders are competing in the Summer Classic.
Following their 1-5 win away in Sheffield last Saturday, the Raiders’ first home game is this Sunday 16th April when they take on Wyre Seagulls at Silver Blades Widnes. Face off is 4.30pm and admission is free.
Top photo by John Milton (www.eventog.uk)